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The only infixes in the English language are obscenities!


An infix is an affix inserted inside a word stem (an existing word). It contrasts with adfix, a rare term for an affix attached to the end of a stem, such as a prefix or suffix.

Also, the word Infix means to fix in the mind or to instil. An example of a sentence with the word infix is: Infix a picture into the text. Synonyms to the word Infix include insert, introduce, and enter.

An infix is a word element which can be placed within the base form of a word. This is to come up with a new word or an exaggerate meaning. English has almost no factual infixes.

The only infixes in the English language are obscenities like fuckin', as in "Un-fuckin'-believable". Other languages, such as Spanish, do have a lot of infixes.

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Spandex is an anagram for 'expands'


Spandex is a type of synthetic fabric made from polyurethane fiber. The fiber is exceptionally elastic but less durable than latex. Introduction of spandex fiber production revolutionized the cloth industry as it was used to make stretchable clothing such as sportswear.

It was invented by chemists C. L. Sandquist and Joseph Shivers at DuPont’s Benger Laboratory in Waynesboro, Virginia. When first introduced, it revolutionized many areas of the clothing industry.

The name “spandex” is an anagram of the word “expands”. In Europe it is referred to by variants of “elastane” and is known in the UK, Ireland, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand primarily as Lycra.

Apparently chemists can not only cook meth, but also come up with great inventions such as creating new kind of stuff that benefits us. So if you are still inspired thanks to Breaking Bad into becoming a chemist, hopefully this fact will give you the extra push!

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English is one of the most polite languages!


English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now the most widely used language in the world. It is spoken as a first language by the majority populations of several sovereign states, including the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and a number of Caribbean nations.

However, a lot of people think that the English language is kind of vulgar since there is apparently no formalism when it comes to certain words. However, it is one of the most polite languages ever! For instance, the word “you” is the formal version (like “sie” in German, “lei” in Italian or “Usted” in Spanish) and “thou” the informal version (like “Du” in German or “tu” in Italian and Spanish).

Whenever you talk to someone and use the word “you”, you are indeed being very polite! Feel like a gentleman!

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Using 'meh' as a sign of indifference was popularized by The Simpsons!


"Meh" is a verbal shrug. It's vocalized indifference. The very word lacks effort - like whoever created it couldn't be bothered to come up with more than one syllable. It sounds like it came about organically. As if someone just said it one day to describe how they couldn't care less.

However, some believe that the word has Yiddish origins because of it's similarity to the interjection "feh." The word's usage at least goes back as early as 1992 when it was used in an Internet forum discussing the TV show Melrose Place. It was first used in mainstream print by Canadian newspaper, the Edmonton Sun, in 2003. The headline read: "Ryan Opray Got Voted Off Survivor. Meh."

The word really gained popularity after it was used on the uber successful TV show "The Simpsons." It first appeared in the 1992 episode "Homer's Triple Bypass." Homer's daughter, Lisa, uses it to describe how her generation is indifferent to most things, such as her father's open heart surgery.

It was also used in the episodes "Sideshow Bob Roberts," "Lisa's Wedding," and "Hungry, Hungry Homer." The word has been used frequently on another TV show, "The Mentalist," as well. In 2009, BBC named "meh" one of the 20 words that defined the decade.

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Jersey Shore is called 'Macaroni Rascals' in Japan!


Jersey Shore is an American reality television series which ran on MTV from December 3, 2009 to December 20, 2012 in the United States.

The series follows the lives of eight housemates spending their summer at the Jersey Shore in the U.S. State of New Jersey. The show debuted amid large amounts of controversy regarding the use of the words “Guido/Guidette,” portrayals of Italian-American stereotypes, and scrutiny from locals because the cast members were not residents of the area.

The series garnered record ratings for MTV, making it the network’s most viewed series telecast ever. The series’ cast has also been credited with introducing unique lexicon and phrases into American popular culture.

The series has started airing in Japan, and with the average Japanese cable TV viewer being totally ignorant of American geography, the name “Jersey Shore” needed an explanatory subtitle. So MTV Japan has decided on translating the show to “MTV Jersey Shore—The New Jersey life of macaroni rascals”.

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